Well-Being

The Breathing Strategy for Increasing Energy

By now you’re probably aware of the range of benefits that come from breathing exercises. Additionally, we know breath quite literally equates to life, as the breath is processed through the lungs, the heart, and into the blood to provide oxygen to the cells in our body. This oxygen gets used by the cells to produce life-sustaining energy.

Lucky for us, breathing is an autonomic process. However, the power of breath is illuminated when we place consciousness on it, and one is able to tap into their own flow and production of energy.

One popular breathing technique to boost your energy is called Bellows Breath, or Bhastrika Pranayama.

This is great to do first thing in the morning, during an afternoon slump, or right before a workout!

Here’s how:

  1. To do this practice you’ll want to get into a comfortable seated position.
  2. Exhale out through your nose forcefully, then inhale rapidly. On the inhale, extend your belly fully when you breathe.
  3. Do this at a rate of 1 second per cycle, for 10 rounds.
  4. Take a 15-30 second rest after completing 10 rounds. Notice what sensations are going on in your mind and body.
  5. After this break, repeat this cycle but for 20 rounds this time.
  6. Rest for another 30 seconds.
  7. Repeat another cycle for 30 breaths.
  8. Rest. Bring your breath back to normal.

With this practice, make sure you’re listening to your body the entire time. This practice is completely safe, however some people may experience lightheadedness or discomfort. If you start to feel this, stop the practice immediately. Rest for a few minutes until the discomfort passes. You can try this practice again but breathing a bit more slowly and with less intensity.

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